Greek black metal veterans ROTTING CHRIST recently completed the 30-date “Apostles Of Darkness Over The Americas” headlining tour with support from MELECHESH, HATE, ABIGAIL WILLIAMS and LECHEROUS NOCTURNE. Several of the band’s concerts were picketed by Christian groups, including the two that can be seen in the YouTube clips below.
In May 2005, MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine famously refused to play at a Greek concert if ROTTING CHRIST remained on the bill (apparently because of their name).
ROTTING CHRIST mainman Sakis Tolis tells SonisphereFestivals.com, “Yes, we have many problems, but I don’t give a shit as this is metal. . . Metal should be against everything. We are very proud of this, and simply put, all religions are rotting. I don’t give a shit about that.” He added, “Yes, we had some problems with Dave Mustaine, but I don’t care about that anymore. We are just back from our tour in America where we had many problems about our name. One was very hot indeed — in Portland and North Carolina.” He continued, “I’m not worried or scared by any protests as I have played all over the world in very notorious territories so I don’t give a shit.”
ROTTING CHRIST is preparing to return to the studio to begin work on the follow-up to last year’s “Aealo”, which landed at position No. 144 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart.
“We are playing a few more festivals, but we have been on the road for almost 18 months playing shows every day,” Sakis said. “It is time to take a little rest and write some new stuff.”